Interim welterweight title contender Colby Covington has shown glimpses that he’s not quite as much of a bad guy as he likes to potray by backing down and apologizing for calling out UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
Previously, Covington had threatened to confront Rogan and “give him a slap” at UFC 225 for speaking about him, but it seems that he’s now somewhat remorseful for having called him out.
“If I’ve said anything that’s wrong, probably going after Joe Rogan,” Covington told MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani. “I didn’t really mean to attack Joe Rogan. He’s gonna get a pass because I got a title fight and a lot of money to make.
“If there’s anything I regret, there’s one thing, it’s probably going after Joe Rogan.”
Covington then went on to reveal what helped change his tune, and it turns out it wasn’t any kind of a warning for the UFC brass to tone down his outspoken behavior.
“That is an unformal apology. I was just thinking, my good friend Cameron Hanes, who’s friends with Joe Rogan. It wasn’t a smart move, I let my emotions get the best of me, and usually, I have no emotions and I’m not emotional, but I take back what I said about Joe Rogan.
“No, I’m not gonna slap him, we’re gonna be cool. Hopefully, we go on a hunting trip with Cam Hanes together, and hopefully, we can play the video game together or something.”